So I have this calendar that offers a daily quote from the book, Jesus Calling. And I read something this week I thought I would share with you. As a recovering worriholic (I think I may have just made up that word…), it really spoke to me.
“Learn to enjoy life more. Relax, remembering that I am God with you…The more you focus on My presence with you, the more fully you can enjoy life. Glorify Me through your pleasure in Me. Thus you proclaim My presence to the watching world.”
I started off this week frazzled, overwhelmed by life, people, circumstances. But as I have turned my gaze back to God, I can say I am ending the week at peace. Knowing He is with me, that He is in control, frees me from unseen chains and helps me to enjoy the life He has given me.
What about you? Are you living frazzled instead of freed? Do you feel alone?
Focus on God’s presence, seek Him in His word, take pleasure in the gifts He has given you. Remember that “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18
“You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.”
Sometimes life feels like a race. So much to do. So little time. It can get overwhelming. I’ve had one of those weeks. And I know firsthand that carrying the weight of worry can stop you in your tracks.
Thankfully, God is so gracious to hear our prayers! The Scripture says:
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NLT
So, I turned to Him for help. And, once again, He came to the rescue!
Then, I saw this post from Chris over at Serendipitous and found it to be very apropos.
Seeing that photo of the snail reminded me that it’s ok to slow down. Slow progress is still progress.
It’s a message to all of us. We’ll get to our destination eventually. The idea is to keep moving, unloading our heavy baggage of worry, guilt, regret, etc. and purposing to enjoy the journey along the way.
And with the help of our heavenly Father, we will.
Do you identify with the snail? What does that photo make you feel or what thoughts does it conjure up about life or about yourself?
I pray that you are enjoying the journey today.
Photo courtesy photos8.com
It’s that time of year again. The holiday rush has begun WAY before the holiday has arrived. And doesn’t it seem to come earlier every year?
I went into one store in early October and they had on display, along with their Halloween items, Thanksgiving and, yes, even Christmas! In October!
This past weekend, I was doing my weekly grocery shopping, anticipating the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday when, suddenly, without warning, my ears were seized by the familiar sounds of Christmas music streaming from the overhead speakers. Really?
Now, of course, I wasn’t born yesterday. I understand this is all a ploy by retailers to try and subliminally coerce early spending out of unsuspecting shoppers. You go into a store, innocently minding your own business, and, before you know it, you are overwhelmed by a feeling of panic. “Yikes! It’s almost Christmas! I should buy something to get ahead of the game!”
But not this time, my friends! This year, I’ve made a decision to take a deep breath and shrug off the not-so-subtle messages to hurry and worry. I will rest and remember to enjoy what is most important in life, the relationships with those I love.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.” Matthew 6:33-34